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Empire statesman : the rise and redemption of Al Smith

Author: Robert A Slayton
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Franklin Roosevelt is said to have explained Al Smith, and his own New Deal, with these words; "Practically all the things we've done in the federal government are the things Al Smith did as governor of New York." Smith, who ran for president in 1928, not only set the model for FDR, he also taught America that the promise of the country extends to everyone and no one should be left behind." "The story of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Slayton, Robert A.
Empire statesman.
New York : Free Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606485338
Online version:
Slayton, Robert A.
Empire statesman.
New York : Free Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)607807471
Named Person: Alfred Emanuel Smith; Alfred Emanuel Smith
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Slayton
ISBN: 0684863022 9780684863023 1416567771 9781416567776
OCLC Number: 44914266
Description: xv, 480 pages, [11] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Coming of age --
The sidewalks of New York --
Neighborhood --
The F.F.M. man --
"The hall" --
Albany --
The triangle shirtwaist fire --
Leadership --
pt. II. Governor --
The new governor --
Picking fights --
Winning administrative reform --
Forging a new America --
Prohibition --
The sound of the siren --
Business as usual --
pt. III. 1928 --
Opening rounds --
Taking on America --
"Politics! politics!" --
And the Pope will move to Washington --
The decision --
pt. IV. Finale --
Up to now --
The little boy --
Mr. Smith does not go to Washington --
Nadir --
Elder statesman.
Responsibility: Robert A. Slayton.
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"Franklin Roosevelt is said to have explained Al Smith, and his own New Deal, with these words; "Practically all the things we've done in the federal government are the things Al Smith did as governor of New York." Smith, who ran for president in 1928, not only set the model for FDR, he also taught America that the promise of the country extends to everyone and no one should be left behind." "The story of this trailblazer is the story of America in the twentieth century. A child of second-generation immigrants, a boy self-educated on the streets of the nation's largest city, he went on to become the greatest governor in the history of New York; a national leader and symbol to immigrants, Catholics, and the Irish; and in 1928 the first Catholic major-party candidate for president. He was the man who championed safe working conditions in the wake of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. He helped build the Empire State Building. Above all, he was a national model, both for his time and for ours."--Jacket.

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